Root Canal Treatment

What is root canal treatment?

Root canal treatment is one of the most common dental procedures performed.  When necessary, root canal treatment will enable you to retain your natural tooth.

At the center of your tooth is pulp. Pulp is a collection of blood vessels that helps to build the surrounding tooth during development. Inflammation or infection of the pulp can be caused by trauma to the tooth, deep decay, cracks and chips, or repeated dental procedures.  Symptoms can range from no symptoms or subtle tooth discoloration in some cases, to extreme pain that is either spontaneous or elicited by stimuli like temperatures or chewing,

During root canal treatment, the inflamed or infected pulp is removed and the root canal system is thoroughly cleaned and sealed. This procedure involves local anesthesia and may be completed in one or more visits depending on the treatment required. Root canal treatment is successful in about 90% of cases.  If your tooth is not amenable to endodontic treatment or the chance of success is unfavorable, you will be informed at the time of consultation or when a complication becomes evident during or after treatment.  You will be able to drive home after your treatment, and you probably will be comfortable returning to your normal routine.

Root Canal Treatment

For a better understanding of root canal treatment; view this high-quality, 3-D animation video that will explain step by step procedures for root canal therapy.